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Phonly launches as the most beautiful way to use Feedly on Windows Phone

A little over two weeks ago we showed you guys the beta for an app called Phonly. It’s a Feedly app for Windows Phone that is absolutely gorgeous. The beta was limited to 1,000 users, so a lot of you missed out on playing with and providing feedback for the app. Well that beta is over and you can all now download Phonly.

Phonly is a Feedly app. What’s Feedly? A really popular news aggregator that has only grown in popularity now that Google Reader has been retired. Official apps exist on Android and iOS, but not for Windows Phone. Developer Daniel Berg (the man behind Wodhalla and Weight Story) reached out to Feedly and received permission to build an app for Windows Phone using their APIs. Here’s what you get:

  • Feedly (well, duh)
  • Pin feed or category as Live Tile (wide or standard)
  • Lock screen support (detailed and quick status)
  • InstaPaper support
  • Pocket support

Phonly Screenshot

We created a Feedly account just to use Phonly and we will be the first to admit we’re hooked. Feedly is a very useful service to stay on top of your news and any sites you’re interested in. Phonly provides a beautiful interface to browse and read your Feedly feed. Pin feeds or categories to your Start screen for quick access.

Phonly Feedly

The app does Windows Phone very well and is excellent for a first version. But the app isn’t done, Daniel has a whole backlog of ideas and features to implement in the future. For example, v1.1. will be submitted in a few days and include a dark theme (see image below) and it will bring support for Instapaper. Beyond that, expect the app to bring Buffer and offline support. Have any other requests? Sound off below or reach Daniel on Twitter over at @bergdaniel.

Phonly Dark Nokia

Phonly is available for free on Windows Phone 8. Grab it in the Windows Phone Store, use the QR code below, or swipe to the right in our app. 

QR: Phonly

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Phonly launches as the most beautiful way to use Feedly on Windows Phone

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Whoa. I went to download this app. Then while at the store did a search for songza. AND THE ACTUAL APP IS NOW LIVE :)
 
 
WP8 apps when doen right can be so damn beatiful. Good day for us WP8 loyalists. 

Hi!

The app is a client for the service Feedly which in turn requires a Google account. Right now it's the only way to login.

/Daniel, Geek Industries

Damn, I was really close to signing up for Feedly to use one of these apps because Weave is taking quite a long time to create a desktop client, but I didn't realize it still needed a Google account to sign up.  I'm trying to get away from that account so I'll have to hold off until they change that requirement.

I don't get the big deal about creating a google account, i myself have accounts on various web sites and services, you don't need to like something to use it.

I hear you guys, but it's somewhat of the same thing BrainCylinder said.  I have a Google account because I used to own a Droid but I have my own personal reasons for not wanting to using their services if I can help it. 

I've was in the beta group trying this and I can definitely say that it's definitely a great news reader.

I was waiting for the official feedly app to be released but have to say that Phonly is every bit as good as feedly for Android and iOS. Bought it, of course!

I wrote you an e-mail. I mean that Phonly could use a picture of the newest article as a background of the live-title. Now, when it's wide, it only shows an empty box with a title.

Ah, I see. Yes, images are limited to secondary tiles at the moment (pin feed or category). The application tile will only show count and latest article title / summary. I'll add it to my backlog. Thanks!

Agreed. Whenever there are competitions, developers (and any providers) will always improving. And eventually benefit the users :)

In the WPC-article there's a pic showing a dark theme, how do I switch? Can't find it in Settings.

+1 from me. So it'll be done. Might not make into 1.1, but 1.2 for sure. The feed / category view is getting an overhaul.

/Daniel, Geek Industries

Nice. I heard about the beta yesterday and tried to sign up. The site said it was full.
I'm glad I didn't have to wait long. Looks great...

I used to never use my WP to check my feeds because other apps either had horrible designs or were not very comfortable to use. Ever since I got into the Phonly beta I check my feed on it every chance I have. Thanks Daniel.

Damnit. Looks nice. But wont use an google account so..
I´ll stick to Weave as I have done from day one.
Looking forward to the google requirement to go away!
Any other nice readers out there?

I'm currently using the beta version of Phonly. It has dark theme and no ads. When the Pro version gets updated with the beta features then I'll be buying it! Thank you for the great app Daniel!

Hi Jonas,

Mobilizer support (instapaper) is shipping with 1.1. It's currently in beta, just working on the last few glitches before it's released to the store.

/Daniel, Geek Industries

Great App so far, really like the interface and it's free, can't complain.
Anyone know how to browse your Pocket content after you have added the account?